Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[Listen & Watch] Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is group that manages to turn heads with merely their name. And once they have gotten your attention, there’s no going back. This six-member band based out of Asheville, NC has taken the genre of funk to the next level and has dubbed their style as “Nu Funk.” It’s funky, aggressive, and downright fun. These funkadelic playas have one interest as stated through their facebook page: “to make YOU happy”; they have been doing so for over a decade now, and it doesn't look like they're planning on stopping anytime soon. 

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band recently released their sophomore studio album, Doin’ It Hard, back in March. This is the first album to feature the band's complete current lineup and has been said to be a “reflection of the Booty Band’s approach to music, touring, performing, and life in general.” And if you listen to the album, you’ll realize that this band’s approach to all of these things is not only appealing, it’s truly funky. And to accompany this new release, the band decided to put together a  remix side project titled Re-Doin’ It Hard. This seven-track album includes tracks from Doin’ It Hard mixed by some of the band’s favorite DJs. If you like your funk with a side of electronics, then this album is just for you. 

The Booty Band is a nationally touring band currently making stops possibly at a venue near you, including some winter music festivals. Be sure to check out their tour schedule here and watch their new music video for "Lovin’" below.  Also be on the lookout as these guys get ready to announce their NYE run as well as another studio album which is set to release in March of 2013.  Spread the funk.

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty - True Battle

Purchase Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band's music HERE 

Watch the band's new music video for "Lovin" after the jump...

[Vote] 100 Fold Studio: Building Eternal Relationships

100 Fold Studio, based out of Lakeside, Montana, is a non-profit architecture firm focused on "providing innovative and affordable design services for global missions." Powered by the donations of individuals and corporations surrounding it, 100 Fold Studio continually impacts areas such as Alabama, Africa, El Salvador, Haiti, Montana, and most recently, Cambodia. From mission centers to soccer fields, the firm is mastering innovative, limited-resourced designs for those who normally can not afford architects. While upholding the same level of quality as other firms, 100 Fold Studio is distancing itself by saving millions of dollars for millions across the globe who need it most. 

"Is this not the kind of sacrifice God has chosen...to provide the poor wanderer with shelter...and to not turn away from your own flesh and blood?" Isiah 58:6&7 

100 Fold Studio is currently a finalist for the People's Choice Award hosted by the National Christian Foundation - Passion Awards. You can help make a difference by simply voting for its video, giving the firm a chance to win $10,000 and to continue its amazing mission. All you have to do is follow the link below, click on the video, "1 Line," and vote by this Thursday, November 1st. Easy as 1, 2, 3. And if you would like to learn more about 100 Fold Studio or want to donate, simply visit its website. 100 Fold Studio: serving others and sharing the gospel. It's time we return the favor... 

Vote for 100 Fold Studio HERE

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

[Watch] The Best, New Voice of 2012

She's left college on an impulse, she moved across the country, and she waits tables just so she can pay rent. From Florida to California, Connor Zwetsch has relocated herself in order to chase a dream, and we're seriously doubting she'll have any trouble catching it. In fact, we're casting our ballot, marking Connor as the best, new voice of 2012. Her portfolio isn't overflowing and her supplies are limited, yet she has a voice that warrants immediate attention from everyone. Soulful and raw, Connor's voice is a simple emission of gift-wrapped dirtiness. It's not like a fruit basket though; think more of shotgun with a bow on it. Yeah. 

Young, cute, and ready to shock the music scene across the country, Connor Zwestch is easily the best, new voice of 2012. You heard it here, and that's all that really matters. Blow your mind below...

[Download] Rin Tin Tiger, Perfect Harmony

[Sounds like: Bob Dylan, Fences, Violent Femmes]
Post Written by contributing writer, Rachel Rosenson

I cannot decide what I love most about San Francisco. All the vegetarian food options, my cut new calves from all this hill walking, or the incredible music spilling out of every corner. Capturing my ears' attention right now is Rin Tin Tiger. Composed of Kevin Sullivan on vocals/guitar/harmonica, Sean Sullivan on bass/ vocals and Andrew Skewes-Cox on drums/vocals, I suggest an immediate listen. This alternative/folk trio from San Francisco has everything a good band should: upbeat songs to blast, calmer songs with mesmerizing harmonica, and lyrics that are poetry in it of themselves. One of the things I enjoy most about them is the incredible harmony these guys have. Usually, a great harmony comes from a male/female duet, I haven’t found as many boy trio’s outside of 90’s boy bands that work so calmly and cohesively. If you are at all like me, you would avoid working on midterms and enjoy Rin Tin Tiger immediately instead. 

Their latest album Toxic Pocketbook was recorded live at Tiny Telephone Studios and released July 24, 2012. 

Far Away // Rin Tin Tiger

Purchase Rin Tin Tiger's music HERE

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

[Listen & Watch] Kae Sun Redefined

It's been a while since we last heard from Kae Sun, the Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter who surprised us all with his debut album, Lion On A Leash. I first found Kae Sun by chance - scouring the internet and randomly stopping on a video of a man singing his heart out in a church. It wasn't gospel, it wasn't holy, but instead it was folky and rustic. That song's name is "When The Pot," and Kae Sun immediately won me over with its raw vibe. 

Since then, Kae Sun has come a long way. His sound, unfortunately for my snobs of ears, is no longer as acoustic as I once loved and obsessed over. The folk influences remain - don't get me wrong - but there seems to be a more developed sound coming from Sun and his band. Exemplified by his latest single, "Ship and the Globe," Sun is finally pulling together a well-produced sound. Despite being a little poppy at times, this one has us in full anticipation for Sun's new LP, Afriyie, coming out in early 2013. Full of potential, full of talent: Kae Sun. Hit the jump below to watch the official music video for "Ship and the Globe," then head over to his website to grab a few for free in anticipation for his new project. Enjoy

Monday, October 8, 2012

[Download] Josh Phillips Folk Festival Open for Obsession

[Sounds like: The Grateful Dead, Alabama Shakes]

We missed their debut album, but we're on top of things with their sophomore effort, Get Outside. The Josh Phillips Folk Festival is unfortunately not a weekend-long assortment of musicians that conveniently and confusingly have the same name. Instead, it's a band based out of Asheville, North Carolina. What's so special about them? They combine folk with funk, spread it around, add some instrumental jam, and top it off with a crunchy voice. 

The band's newest project, Get Outside, showcases the band's diversified sound and consequently gives insight as to why they operate under the title of a festival. The album's opening track, "Angelina," is as much as it was expected to be - a fiddling, picking romp session about a desirable woman. What's not to love? Immediately following is my personal favorite: "Traveler's Song." It's fast paced, it's funky, and it keeps your foot engaged with the go-to stomping motion. It's that quick and unexpected genre shift that makes Josh Phillips Folk Festival symbolize that long, bewildered weekend on a mountaintop. Unlike a music festival, though, Josh Philips is giving his album away free of charge. Dig in below

Download Get Outside HERE

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

[Listen] The Bowerbird's Craft

[Sounds like: Bon Iver, Joanna Newsome, The Mountain Goats]
Post written by contributing writer, Rachel Rosenson

“And I do need the wind across my pale face, And I do need the fern to unfurl in the spring, And I do need the grass to sway, Yes I do need to know my place” 
Northern Lights by Bowerbirds 

Beth Tacular and Phil Moore, the real life couple that front the band Bowerbirds, takes folk to the next level. Not only are they folk artists, but while recording their latest album they lived in a trailer together sans running water and electricity as they built themselves a cabin by hand. During this process, Beth almost died from a mysterious illness, they broke up, got back together, and a great album was born: The Clearing. Bowerbirds understand more than the craft of building a cabin in the woods, they know the craft of music. The craft of their voices, the craft of their instruments, the craft of writing poetically profound lyrics. Enjoy their craft, I know I certainly do.

Tuck the Darkness In // Bowerbirds

Buy the The Clearing HERE

[Download] Joe Marson & The Satisfied Minds

[Sounds like: Ben Harper, James Morrison, Gavin DeGraw]

Damn it's been a while since our last feature. The team has been incredibly busy, but don't count us down and out - not by any means. We're getting back into the swing of things - both with school and Beat Dropping - and we're doing it now with a little Joe Marson. Soulful and bluesy, this New York native is quickly building a name for himself. The guitar chords are sharp, his voice is crisp, and the entire band's presence is a relaxed, pulled-back-hair presence. 

Marson & The Satisfied Minds' debut album, Someday Soon, is a collection of songs that have suddenly caught the ears of many on and offline. Luckily for those that haven't had the pleasure of hearing Marson nor his debut project, NoiseTrade has released it free of charge. The project can also be streamed and downloaded below. So forget about our absence and accept our apology by supporting Joe Marson & The Satisfied Minds.